Br. James Finnegan, ofm
Birth: July 15, 1919 Washburn, Wisconsin
Death: May 24, 2010 Sherman, IL
Age: 90 years old
Preceded in Death:
(Parents) Walter Finnegan and Arlie (LeQuee) Finnegan
(Siblings) Arlie, Frances, George, Mary Jane, Patricia, Robert and Dorothy.
Sisters: Jean Camden (Glendale, AZ)
Elaine Rogers (Weed, CA)
Many nieces and nephews and by his Franciscan Family of the Sacred Heart Province.
Br. Jim was a member of the Franciscan Province of the Sacred Heart for 55 years. He was Sacristan at St. Peter’s Church Chicago, IL for 23 years and was a bookbinder for the library at Quincy University for 20 years until his move Villa West Healthcare Facility in 2000. Br. Jim always served with a joyful heart and ready to sing an Irish tune. With his wit and smile, his jokes and twinkling blue eyes, he was the leprechaun of Sacred Heart Province. He cherished his Irish heritage and reveled in his Irish antics.
He loved being a Franciscan. Br. Jim was also a very spiritual person and devoted himself in his retirement years to prayer. He was so faithful in attending the Eucharist and Divine Office. He had a very devout devotion to Our Lady of Fatima, so much so that in his final days he wanted the statue of Our Lady to face him while he lay in bed.
Br.Jim had not been conscious the last few hours of his life, but minutes before he passed his eyes opened wide and a small ‘Irish’ grin came over his face. We knew then that his time to rejoice had come. He then closed his eyes took his last breath of earthly life and the first breath of eternal life. He was home with the Lord.
In lieu of flowers and in your kindness please help care for our elderly priests and brothers by your donation. You may send your donations to Franciscan Friars P.O. Box 2153 Springfield, IL 62705 Thank you so much!
Funeral Services for Jim Finnegan OFM will be held Friday, May 28th, at Villa West Chapel (100 Stardust Drive, Sherman IL 62684). Visitation will be from 9:00 am until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am. Jim will be interred in the friars section at Calvary Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois.
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